Arkansas Field Reports: Growers Evaluate Wheat for Freeze Damage; Field Work Halted by Rains

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 19, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

“Fertilization of wheat completed during the week. Wheat still making slow growth with cool temperatures experienced during the week. Rain has halted row crop fieldwork.”
Mike Andrews, Randolph County

“Ponds are low, but with recent snowfall and rains we appear to have adequate moisture at the surface. The grass is ready to grow with warmer temperatures.”
Mike McClintock, Boone County

“Farmers continue to prepare for spring planting season with final burn down herbicides going out. Livestock are combating lice and are beginning to chase green grass.”
Brent Griffin, Prairie County

“Union county producers are enjoying a mild late winter/early spring. Although temperatures were below seasonal averages last week, no freeze damage was reported on budding fruit species nor on early planted garden crops.”
Glenda Sutherlin, Union County

“Producers are evaluating wheat for freeze damage, conducting soil sampling, and spraying pastures and hay fields.”
Kevin Lawson, Perry County

“Cattle producers still feeding hay. Calving season going well due to warmer weather. Pastures too wet for fertilizing and for breaking up gardens.”
Kelly Thomason, Calhoun County

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 19, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 38 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 29 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 27.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashdown to 47.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Sparkman. Highs ranged from 46.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Corning to 70.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Sparkman. Precipitation was received throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the state with an average of 0.42 inches.

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